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1. WO2017087345 - HINGED DEVICE

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CLAIMS

1. A device, comprising:

a first portion and a second portion; and,

a hinge assembly secured to a hinge end of the first portion and a hinge end of the second portion to rotatably secure the first and second portions, the hinge assembly comprising:

a flexible hinge coupled to the first and second portions; and a biasing structure that biases the flexible hinge into the second portion, wherein a length of the flexible hinge in the second portion changes as the first and second portions are rotated through a range of angles.

2. The device of claim 1, further comprising a flexible circuit extending between the first and second portions and electrically coupling the first and second portions.

3. The device of claim 2, wherein the flexible circuit is coextensive with the flexible hinge.

4. The device of claim 3, wherein the flexible hinge contributes to a Faraday Cage around the flexible circuit.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein the flexible hinge comprises a single flexible hinge or wherein the flexible hinge comprises multiple flexible hinges.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein the flexible hinge comprises first and second flexible hinges.

7. The device of claim 6, wherein the biasing structure comprises first and second biasing structures, and wherein the first biasing structure acts on the first flexible hinge and the second biasing structure acts on the second flexible hinge.

8. The device of claim 6, wherein the first and second flexible hinges are both biased by the biasing structure.

9. The device of claim 8, wherein the biasing structure comprises a spring that is positioned between the first and second flexible hinges and wherein a first end of the spring is connected to the first flexible hinge and a second end of the spring is connected to the second flexible hinge.

10. The device of claim 9, wherein the first end of the spring is directly connected to the first flexible hinge and the second end of the spring is directly connected to the second flexible hinge.

11. The device of claim 9, wherein the first end of the spring is connected to the first flexible hinge by a first elongate material and the second end of the spring is connected to the second flexible hinge by a second elongate material.

12. The device of claim 11, wherein the first elongate material follows a circuitous path from the first end of the spring to the first flexible hinge and wherein the second elongate material follows another circuitous path from the second end of the spring to the second flexible hinge.

13. The device of claim 11, wherein the first and second elongate material comprise wire or cable.

14. The device of claim 1, further comprising first magnets positioned in the first portion and second magnets positioned in the second portion and wherein the first and second magnets predispose the first and second portions toward specific angular orientations.

15. A hinge assembly, comprising:

a flexible hinge having a first end configured to be fixedly secured to a first surface and a second end configured to be slideably secured to a second surface to rotatably secure the first and second surfaces;

a flexible circuit extending between the first end and the second end and configured to electrically couple the first and second surfaces; and,

the flexible hinge being at least partially co-extensive with the flexible circuit, and wherein at least a portion of the flexible circuit is contained within the flexible hinge.